Regeneration of Cells.
1. U.S. scientists have developed a new form of drug that promotes the regeneration of cells and reversed paralysis in mice with spinal injuries, allowing them to walk again within four weeks of treatment. The research was published in the journal Science on Thursday, and the team of Northwestern University scientists behind it hope to approach the Food and Drug Administration as early as next year to propose human trials. "The aim of our research was to develop a translatable therapy that could be brought to the clinic to prevent individuals from becoming paralyzed after major trauma or disease," Northwestern's Samuel Stupp, who led the study, told AFP. (via news.yahoo.com, science.org)
2. President Xi Jinping delivered the first doctrine on Communist Party history by a Chinese leader in 40 years, giving him a mandate to potentially rule for life as a major meeting wraps up in Beijing. The approval of the landmark document was announced in a communique yesterday, the official Xinhua News Agency said, as the four-day plenum in Beijing closed. Only Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping have authored a so-called historical resolution, and both went on to dominate party politics until they died. The full text of the resolution hasn’t been released yet. The Central Committee called on the country to “unite around the party with Xi at the core,” implement his doctrine to strive for party goals set through 2049 and realize “the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,” the communique said, according to Xinhua. Getting the group of 400 mostly male party elites, including state leaders, military chiefs and provincial bosses, to endorse his vision sends a strong signal that Xi, 68, has the power base to clinch a precedent-defying third term. (via bloomberg.com)
3. President Biden and President Xi plan to hold a virtual summit on Monday, people familiar with the matter said, as the two leading world economies pledge to work together on climate change but differences remain over Taiwan and other fronts. The leaders have spoken twice since Mr. Biden took office in January, the last time in September, though the summit is expected to resemble a more formal bilateral meeting with staff involvement. One person closely tracking the negotiations and in contact with U.S. officials said climate, trade and nuclear nonproliferation—all areas the U.S. wants to work on with Beijing—as well as Taiwan and cybersecurity are among the issues that could be discussed. (via wsj.com)
4. The U.S. is raising the alarm with European Union allies that Russia may be weighing a potential invasion of Ukraine as tensions flare between Moscow and the bloc over migrants and energy supplies. With Washington closely monitoring a buildup of Russian forces near the Ukrainian border, U.S. officials have briefed EU counterparts on their concerns over a possible military operation, according to multiple people familiar with the matter. The assessments are believed to be based on information the U.S. hasn’t yet shared with European governments, which would have to happen before any decision is made on a collective response, the people said. They’re backed up by publicly-available evidence, according to officials familiar with the administration’s thinking. (via bloomberg.com)
5. Alexander Lukashenko has threatened to cut the transit of gas and goods through Belarus to Europe if the EU imposes further sanctions on his regime over the migrant crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border. The Belarus president was responding to an announcement by Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president, on Wednesday that the bloc would widen its sanctions on Lukashenko’s regime, accusing Minsk of a “cynical geopolitical powerplay” in funneling migrants to the EU’s borders in an attempt to destabilize it. Lukashenko on Thursday warned Minsk would respond to any “unacceptable” sanctions. “We are heating Europe, and they are threatening to close the border,” he said, according to Belarus state news agency Belta. “What if we cut off gas to them? Therefore I recommend that the leaders of Poland, Lithuania and the other headless people think before speaking. We should not stop at anything to defend our sovereignty and independence.” (via ft.com)
Pipelines. (via bbc.com)